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February 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since he was fired as the Flyers' coach early last season, Peter Laviolette will return to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon, bringing along his best-in-the-NHL Nashville Predators. Led by the league's third-best defense (2.29 goals per game), the Predators will carry a 39-13-6 record into the matchup at 1 p.m. The Central Division-leading Preds have 84 points - 25 more than the Flyers. "Lavy did a lot of good things for this organization," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said.
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February 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers goalie Steve Mason continues to make progress from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, saying there's a chance he will return to the lineup next week. "I'm right on schedule in my recovery," he said after watching the Flyers' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Mason skated Wednesday at the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees and took Thursday off. He is expected to be back on the ice Friday. The Flyers play in Carolina on Tuesday, and in Toronto Thursday.
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February 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Put a fork in the Flyers. That's what most fans are probably thinking after the Flyers did the inexplicable Thursday night at the stunned Wells Fargo Center: They lost to a woeful Buffalo team that had just three wins in a little more than two months. Buffalo 3. Flyers 2. In a shootout. Brian Flynn scored the game-winner, giving the Sabres a 7-2 record in shootouts. The Flyers fell to 2-7 in shootouts. Buffalo, the NHL's worst team, entered the night with three wins since Dec. 16, going 3-21-2 in 26 games.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Schultz started the season as the Flyers' seventh defenseman but entered the lineup after Braydon Coburn broke his foot in the opener. Not only has Schultz been a regular ever since, he has arguably been the team's top defenseman. On Wednesday, he was rewarded, signing a two-year, $4.5 million deal with a salary-cap hit of $2.25 million per season. He was signed as a free agent last summer for $1.25 million. Schultz, 32, has provided steady defense and has lately been on the top pairing with Mark Streit.
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February 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News columnist
HOCKEY people know. Quietly, Eric Desjardins was inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame last night. Quietly, he was the most consistent player on the Flyers teams that terrorized the Eastern Conference for a decade. Quietly, he became the second-best defenseman in Flyers history. Mark Howe is the best. Howe is the essence of a hockey person, by bloodline and by trade. He was inducted into the Flyers' Hall in 2001; a decade later, he followed his father, Gordie, into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
All-stars Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, linemates who are among the NHL's leading scorers, are slumping at the worst possible time - with the Flyers trying to gain ground in the playoff race. Voracek has not scored a goal in 14 games, excluding an empty-netter, and Giroux has not scored in nine games. Giroux said the line has been pressing. "I think we want to do a lot of things, and we're trying to do a little too much," he said Wednesday after practice in Voorhees. "We just need to play the game.
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February 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ERIC DESJARDINS never liked to be the focal point of a conversation. He never wanted it to be about him. Desjardins is, after all, the only one of the 19 captains in the 48-year history of the Flyers to voluntarily remove the "C" from his jersey. Buried beneath his humble and even shy French-Canadian shell, there was a burning competitive edge that raged on quietly. Like, that one time Desjardins was fired up about a selfish comment goaltender Roman Cechmanek made in a newspaper one day during the 2000-01 season, when he was still captain.
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February 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NICK SCHULTZ walked in the door from the rink yesterday and told his family they'd be sticking around Philadelphia for 2 more years. His 7-year-old son, Jake, immediately started counting on his fingers. "He figured out this means he would be here for third and fourth grade, at least," Schultz said. "They were all pretty excited. They've made some good friends. We're happy to find a home and set down roots here. " The Flyers signed Schultz to a 2-year contract extension yesterday, a move that had been in the works since the beginning of February.
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February 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SITTING FOR the fourth consecutive game as a healthy scratch, including the one he missed to attend his grandmother's funeral in Nova Scotia, Andrew MacDonald's stint in the press box is raising eyebrows. "There's little talk," MacDonald said of his communication with coach Craig Berube. "He understands that I'm upset. I'm wanting to play, obviously. But at the end of the day, he's got decisions to make. It's not a situation that anyone wants to be in. " Sift through the video from last Tuesday's overtime loss in Montreal and it's not hard to see MacDonald was the Flyers' best defenseman that game.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A SLUMP in golf means more times at the tee and putting green. Drop a few passes in football, and you find yourself staring at the massive spinning wheels of a JUGS machine. Baseball players take extra batting practice, watch video to look for blips in their swing, do a hundred other little things. Or they are like former Phillie Matt Stairs, who when asked why he didn't take extra batting practice to break out of a slump, said, "Why practice a bad habit?" That's not exactly Jakub Voracek's philosophy.
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